National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL)

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109 TW Alexander
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
United States

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EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) supports EPA's mission to protect human health and the environment by developing and applying innovations in exposure science. Exposure science sets the context for understanding and solving real-world problems, and is used to help answer three fundamental questions:

  • Is there a risk?
  • If so, how do we reduce/mitigate/prevent the risk?
  • Have our actions been successful in reducing risk?

Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., NERL has an in-house workforce of more than 340 scientists, engineers and staff across six divisions in four locations: RTP, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; Athens, Georgia; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

NERL is internationally recognized as the leader in environmental exposure science. Our multidisciplinary expertise enables the laboratory to bring cutting-edge research and technology to the field of exposure science to address the Agency's priority environmental problems.

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